Paf builds new casino in Mariehamn

Press Release   •   Jan 19, 2010 04:40 EST

Paf is in the early stages of building a completely new casino in Mariehamn. “We are aiming to open the new casino this summer,” says Paf director, Jukka Nikula.

At present, Paf has two casinos on Åland; the lobby bar of Hotel Arkipelag and Casino Paf on Torggatan in Mariehamn. Paf will now merge the casino businesses on Åland by building a new casino on the second floor of Hotel Arkipelag, adjacent to the dance restaurant. In this way Paf will gather everything under one roof: gaming, entertainment and food as well as gaming events and tournaments.

The new casino covers a floor area of 500m2 and has capacity for 350-400 guests a day. The casino, which does not yet have a name, with have generous opening hours and may require new staff. Paf is investing 2 million euros in the new casino.

“Among other things, we are making this investment to encourage more of our internet customers to visit Åland on a year round basis,” says Jukka Nikula, director of Paf’s physical games on land and ship.

A familiar selection of games

In addition to some 70 slot machines, table games, blackjack and roulette, there will be poker tables in the new casino.  Thanks to Alandica, the new culture and congress centre, bigger tournaments such as the Paf Poker Challenge and gaming events such as Let’s Bingo can be arranged right next door to the new casino.

Paf was founded over forty years ago to raise funds for charitable causes. In 2008 the Paf group had a turnover of 106 millions euros and profits of 27 million euros. The distributed surplus goes to charitable causes such as youth clubs, disability organizations and sea rescue.

The Ålandic gaming company Paf is an association governed by public law and was founded in 1966. Paf offers safe and entertaining money gaming on the Internet, at sea and on the Åland Islands. The entire proceeds are used for the public good. In 2008, the Paf Group had a turnover of EUR 106 million, of which the profit was a total of EUR 27 million. The Paf Group employs around 350 people, with offices in Mariehamn, Helsinki, Stockholm, Tallinn and Madrid. Further information is available at